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Chianti and Valdelsa, with their ancient roads that lead to Rome, are ideal places to visit Tuscany on horseback, while immersed among some of the most beloved and explored hills in the world.
Unpaved roads, trails marked by cypresses, crossroads characterized by centuries old tabernacles, 1000 year old churches and places of devotion, roads that wind through the forests and old farmhouses and symbols of farm culture are part of the itinerary.
The horseman and tourist can choose interesting methods to spend their vacation and cultivate equitation while exploring the territories of the town Union of Florentine Chianti.
Equitational tourism is the new promotional card on which the town administrations are betting, with their agricultural, hospitality, and touristic offering that for years have been operating at high levels of quality in the heart of Chianti and Valdelsa.
There are approximately 10 possibilities, some of international importance, which offer a series of services tied to this type of tourism, such as schools of equitation and dressage, excursions on horseback, as well as the traditional farm stays which are strongly rooted in our territory.
“The interesting aspect”, notes the president of the town Union of Florentine Chianti, Giacomo Trentanovi, “is that the gamma of services tied to the passion for equitation offered by the various structures of our territory are diversiﬁed and of high quality”.
There are farms that act as schools, while others offer horseback lessons and athletic and sports preparation at a competitive level. Others lend to the discovery of landscapes and the resources and excellences of the territory as seen on horseback, offering a naturalistic prospective.
Some former sports champions of Europe, like Susanna Violanti, are active athletically. Susanna instructs in her own facility at Santa Maria a Poneta.This year she won the gold medal in obstacle jumping in the “Veteran” category.
Some of the most famous equestrian centers are Il Paretaio in Barberino, Prumiano, Il Casceto, I Cavalieri del Chianti, the Scuderia Malafrasca, the Centro Ippico Casanova, and the Due Valli Club in San Casciano.